Norse gods? Sticky seeds? What?! Keep all that in mind next time you suck on a friend’s tongue underneath the mistletoe. Regardless of the semen-filled history, we follow this tradition and happily play tonsil tennis with our friends, coworkers, and unpaid interns. During a formal survey sent around the Thrillist headquarters, followed by a discussion at an undisclosed bar in Brooklyn, 80% of our staff decided that it was, in fact, cheating if you were to kiss under a mistletoe. However, a verbal asterisk lingered in the air: “What kind of kiss? Because a peck isn’t cheating. Full-on tongue is something you shouldn’t do.”
When we posed the crucial question to relationship expert/celebrity matchmaker Amy Laurent, she gave us the following thoughts: “YES IT'S CHEATING! And if you have ANY question in your mind if you should consider it cheating and are debating kissing someone under the mistletoe, the quickest way to get your answer is to flip it. 'If my significant other were with someone of the opposite sex right now under the mistletoe, and kissed that person the way I am going to kiss/plan on kissing the person would it make me angry? Upset? Would I be OK with it?'